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After inventing the "bouncing bomb," which can skip across water until it encounters a dam to explode, Dr. Barnes Wallis (Michael Redgrave) struggles for years to develop his new device for use in World War II. Once the bombs are ready to be tested, Wing Commander Guy Gibson's (Richard Todd) squadron must be specially trained to drop the sensitive weapons on Germany's Ruhr Dams. Based on true events, this British film features a legendary grand finale of special effects.

Cast & Crew

Richard Todd
Wing Commander Guy Gibson, V.C., D.S.O., D.F.C
Michael Redgrave
Doctor B.N. Wallis, C.B.E, F.R.S.
Ursula Jeans
Mrs. Wallis
Stanley Van Beers
Sir David Pye, C.B., F.R.S.
Raymond Huntley
Official, National Physical Laboratory
Hugh Manning
Official, Ministry of Aircraft Production
Patrick Barr
Captain Joseph "Mut" Summers, C.B.E.
Basil Sydney
Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Harris G.C.B., O.B.E., A.F.C.
Ernest Clark
Air Vice-Marshal The Hon. Ralph Cochrane G.B.E., K.C.B., A.F.C.
Derek Farr
Group Captain J.N.H. Whitworth, D.S.O., D.F.C.
R.C. Sherriff
Screenwriter
Leighton Lucas
Original Music
Erwin Hillier
Cinematographer
Richard Best
Film Editor
G.B. Walker
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  • Oct 28, 2010
    In "The Dam Busters," Barnes Wallis(Michael Redgrave), a research scientist at Vickers during World War II, and his doting wife(Ursula Jeans) do not so much raise their children, as breed them to be his lab assistants. His latest experiment involves a way to bomb the dams of the Ruhr Valley which could potentially cripple Germany's steel production. The high command is about to give up on this and let him play with his expensive toys somewhere in Scotland when he has a breakthrough. Even after a successful test with live aircraft, approval is slow in coming. But once it does, Wing Commander Guy Gibson(Richard Todd) is put in charge of the mission. Based on a true story, "The Dam Busters" is a gripping tale of dogged determination in the face of adversity during wartime, taking the viewer through all the stages of a military mission from planning to completion. At the heart of it is the contrast between two men, Wallis, the thinker, and Gibson who implements the plan. Gibson does not contemplate what he has been ordered to do because on the surface it is quite insane and impossible. As a veteran of many bombing sorties, he knows he cannot afford to be emotional during a war which has its many peaks and valleys, not to mention down time.
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  • Sep 05, 2010
    This isn't a bad movie, it's just boring, it would work better as a documentary or something because as a narrative film it's too boring.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Jul 07, 2009
    Somewhat linear and very dated now, but the story of persistence and dedication - not to mention patriotism, still shines through
    Marcus W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 11, 2009
    I love films that combine my passion for WWII history with my passion for cinema.
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